Wanderful seeks to inspire young and emerging readers to build a lasting love of language, reading and learning through highly interactive multilingual storybook apps with integrated lesson plans aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We strive to:
wander + wonderful = Wanderful
Wanderful: The freedom to be yourself and play inside the story. Wanderful is whimsical and uninhibited, inspiring young readers to wander through the stories, finding wonder as they explore each and every page.
Wanderful CEO Mickey W. Mantle, embarked on a journey to revive the award-winning Living Books the moment he saw the first iPad announced by his old boss Steve Jobs. He knew it represented the right platform upon which to introduce a new generation of kids to these classic interactive experiences. And he was no stranger to these titles; Mickey oversaw the original Living Books technology development as Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer at Brøderbund Software in the 1990s.
So he reached out to Mark Schlichting – creator of the Living Books series – and attracted a small team of the original Brøderbund programmers to create the prototype for a new generation of technology that could take the animation, graphics, sound, and music from the original Living Books CD-ROMs and play them back at full-screen resolution on the iPad using a touch, rather than a mouse driven interface.
Mickey approached Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the eventual successor to Brøderbund and owner of Living Books, and to the authors of the original stories to secure the rights to republish the new and improved titles. Meanwhile, the team built a multi-platform engine that again innovates beyond expectation, with new features such as dynamically changing languages from any page in the story. The engine delivers a level of character animation not seen in many other titles today; as in the original Living Books, when something is tapped it doesn't just move, it comes to life.
All in all, it has taken more than two years to secure the rights, enhance the products and launch Wanderful Interactive Storybooks so that a new generation of children around the world can enjoy these amazing educational experiences.
We hope you'll like the results.
is my great pleasure to inform you that your product has been awarded the
Editor's Choice Award as
printed in the latest edition
of Children's Technology Review.” (See the award here)
“Everything I touch is
interactive… one of my favorite things is that this
is bilingual.” (view video
“This is one of
the best designed
interactive children's books I've ever seen,
and time was taken to get every small detail absolutely right.”
(Read the review here)
a fully functional Spanish version (any text in the illustrations change to Spanish too!)” (Read the review here)
“I'm so excited
favorites, these best examples of what children's software can be, will be coming to a new generation of emerging
"I am excited to see
these engaging interactive
versions of my books available to kids everywhere once again. Thanks
grandparents who remember the original magic of the Living Books, and new parents and
gift-givers, who will be introduced to them, will all be
thrilled to share these interactive storybooks with the children in their
these products accessible. Children learn through different modalities. There is research indicating that children with
autism have learned
through products displayed on tablets. "It's a good idea to make learning more accessible to children.
If it's fun and
interesting for them to learn,
so much the better."
Mickey sets strategic vision and oversees day-to-day operations for Wanderful. Mickey had the foresight to license the exclusive rights to the beloved Living Books series of interactive storybooks, and revive these titles and others as enhanced mobile apps, as well as for the latest and popular versions of Mac and Windows computers.Mickey sets strategic vision and oversees day-to-day operations for Wanderful. more >>>
Mark Schlichting is a well-known pioneer of the children's multimedia and interactive design industry. As an expert in children's interactive design with more than 30 years of design, publishing and creative management experience, he holds more than 80 awards for excellence in entertainment and education. Serving as Chief Creative Officer of Wanderful, Mark was deeply involved more >>>
Bill Hensley leads marketing at Wanderful. He's been working in and around the youth market for most of his career, most recently driving brand integrations, music production and website design for social animation developer NetToons and leading brand development and licensing for fashion-brand-of-action Army Pink. Bill is probably best known for his long tenure at Sanrio more >>>
Lucinda Ray, educational consultant and editor for the Classroom Activities for Wanderful, has alternated throughout her career between classroom teaching and educational software development. more >>>